BONDO is a new collection of poems from Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, published on 26 October by Bloodaxe Books. Menna will be giving launch readings from Bondo in London, Wales, Poland and at the Hay Winter Weekend.
Bondo, which is Welsh for eaves, ranges from Wales to Mexico, the Maldives, Greenland, India and the Balkans. The importance of keeping languages alive, Welsh included, is a strong theme in this collection, as is the power and beauty of memory.
These poems, written over a number of years in private journals and notebooks, also reflect a deep and continuing connection with the mining communities in Wales. Menna Elfyn’s poem ‘The Gate’ / ‘Y Glwyd’, first published in her 2012 Bloodaxe collection Murmur, is reprinted here in remembrance of the loss of her grandfather in a mining accident.
As with all Menna Elfyn’s Bloodaxe titles, Bondo is published in a dual language edition, with English translations by leading Welsh poets. For this event, Menna is joined by poet and translator, Elin ap Hywel.